Use of instructional videos to teach mechanical systems analysis based on the finite element method in a class with local and overseas students

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Abstract

Instructional videos have the advantage of delivering visual and verbal learning materials simultaneously and they can be used for teaching. The aim of this study is to evaluate the learning outcomes in Mechanical Systems Analysis based on the Finite Element Method for video-based teaching blended with face-to-face education. Forty-five students whose first languages are English, Mandarin and others participated in a survey to evaluate learning outcomes. The learning outcomes were analyzed using the one-sample Chi-square test or binomial test. The correlation between the usefulness of the text-based and video-based learning materials and the first language of the students was analyzed using the Pearson Chi-square test. P values smaller than 0.05 were assumed to be statistically significant. Overall 34 students found video-based learning materials very useful whereas 10 students found them useful resulting in a statistically significant difference. Twenty-four students found text-based learning materials very useful whereas 20 students found them useful without statistically significant difference. Student cohorts speaking English and Mandarin as their first language found video-based learning materials significantly very useful. Video-based learning materials can be used to improve learning outcomes in courses with computer applications and students can benefit from a blended teaching strategy regardless of their first language.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12880
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Reports
Early online date7 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 7 Mar 2024

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© 2024 The Authors. Engineering Reports published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • engineering education
  • finite element method
  • improving classroom teaching
  • teaching/learning strategies

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